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Delaney: We need to win four from five

FAI CHIEF John Delaney believes that Ireland must win four from five remaining World Cup qualifiers to have any chance of qualifying.

"It would have been a bit easier had we won against Austria, but we move on. Our challenge is to try and win at least four of our last five games," he said.

"We were very unfortunate to only get two points from the games against Sweden and Austria. We deserved more. But we have the Faroe Islands next and we should win that. Then, there's the big double in September when we have Sweden at home and Austria away. Those will be the defining games."

Delaney has painted a black and white picture of the road ahead but Giovanni Trapattoni's position hasn't changed as a result. However, Delaney did add a further comment about the humiliating defeat by Germany in October which caused some serious soul-searching in Abbotstown.

"A lot of us were very disappointed when we were beaten 6-1 by Germany," said Delaney. "It was a poor result and a poor performance. It was something that was really embarrassing for us all - not only for me as chief executive, but as an Irish football supporter, which I am."

O'Leary wins compensation

David O'Leary has won a £3.4million compensation claim against Dubai-based club Al Ahli.

The former Ireland and Arsenal defender - who also managed Leeds and Aston Villa - had taken the claim to FIFA following his dismissal one year into a three-year contract. The League Managers' Association (LMA) said despite having sacked O'Leary, Al Ahli claimed the Dubliner had abandoned his job. FIFA rejected both lines of defence and awarded O'Leary the full sum due under his contract.


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